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Charlie Chan at the Eisners

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was nominated for Eisner Awards this year in the following categories!

  • Best Graphic Album–New
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material–Asia
  • Best Writer/Artist
  • Best Coloring
  • Best Lettering
  • Best Publication Design

Which maybe means 6 times the pain in July, but what the hey, appreciating the dream for now 🙂

The Eisner Awards voting is now open till June 16th, you can vote if you’re a comics creator, publisher, editor, historian, educator, librarian or comic store owner/manager… so do go register and vote for your favourite comics and creators at the link below 🙂

EISNERVOTE.com

 

 

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hocky Chye was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016 in the Comics category 🙂

“The history of Singapore and the history of comics are blended in this tour de force that follows the career of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, an imaginary Singaporean cartoonist. Liew mimics styles from manga to comics strips, as Chye tries to find his own voice while adapting to the shifting social and political climate. ”

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Meanwhile, the Singapore Writers Festival is almost over, but I’ll be on one more panel with Gosho Aoyoma on Sunday 13 November, so do drop by if you’re in town  🙂

https://www.singaporewritersfestival.com/nacswf/nacswf/programme-listing/festival-events/TWO-COMIC-ICONS–GOSHO-AOYAMA-MEETS-SONNY-LIEW.html

TWO COMIC ICONS: GOSHO AOYAMA MEETS SONNY LIEW

DATE / TIME 13 Nov, Sun 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
VENUE The Arts House, Chamber

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Finally – a variant cover for IDW’s Revolutonaries #1 featurong Rom the Space Knight and a mouse hole from Tom and Jerry 🙂

 

Singapore Literature Prize!

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock won the Singapore Literature Prize in the English Fiction category on July 14! (See a facebook post here)

It’s the first graphic novel to win the award, and there was also the Book of the Year and Cover of the Year awards at the Singapore Book Awards back in May.

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There’s a website you can visit for reviews, pinups and more – click on the image above or this link below:)

http://artofcharliechan.com

Economizing

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The Economist reviews The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (March 12 2016 Print edition)

“A touching, thoughtful meditation on Singapore’s relentless progress…. Like any other country, Singapore means different things to different people. Its detractors admit that modern Singapore is safe, well-run and has achieved remarkable material progress since it became independent just over 50 years ago. And even its defenders admit that Singapore restricts civil liberties… Sonny Liew’s brilliantly inventive “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye” weighs those costs and benefits.”

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21694495-touching-thoughtful-meditation-singapores-relentless-progress-lion-city-march

This magazine used to be de riguer reading in junior college days for everything from history to economics and the General Paper :p

 

 

Anticipate

pw3The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016 in the Comics category. Alongside books by Daniel Clowes and Julie Doucet(!)

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/69297-the-most-anticipated-books-of-spring-2016.html

A stunning tour de force masterpiece of imagined and real history as Liew recreates the entire career of the titular cartoonist via art and photos to explore the history of both comics and Singapore.

 

Early Reviews

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Early Reviews for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye from the Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus reviews 🙂 Out in March 2016 internationally.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An early candidate for the various best-of lists for 2016, this superlative achievement… tells the story not only of Singaporean artist and comics creator Charlie Chan Hock Chye, but of Singapore itself… a tumultuous sweep that is mirrored in the history of cartooning. Make no mistake: this multilayered book is a masterpiece.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“The combination of a powerful message, artistic virtuosity, and a fascinating framing device make for an un-put-downable readThis relentlessly engaging work stretches the boundaries of the graphic novel medium and is highly recommended for fans of political satire, Chris Ware, or Art Spiegelman.”

Kirkus Review

“A fascinating look at a clever, uncompromising artist married to the times in which he lived.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selections

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was named several times in Singapore Poetry‘s My Book of the Year 2015 selections :p

My Book of the Year 2015

It is complex, brilliant and so edgy. Bold and creative. The visuals are stunning and powerful. A phenomenal accomplishment.” – Lydia Kwa, novelist and poet.

My book of the year, no question, is Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Gustave Flaubert once said that writing history is like drinking an ocean and pissing a cupful. Sonny Liew drank an ocean and pissed vintage champagne. Charlie Chan, amazingly, might be the only non-academic book to accurately depict Singapore history. But more importantly, historians often fail to capture the emotion, the feelings, the spirit surrounding history. Liew captured all of that in his art. It’s truly a remarkable work.” – P. J. Thum, historian

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew pulls off the improbable feat — imbuing the modern history of Singapore with such artistry and revisionist imagination that it makes reassessing our past urgent and pressing. Perhaps its greatest achievement is to dare the reader to dream of an alternative future and even long for it. – William Phuan, arts administrator.

Get the Special Bookplate Edition here: http://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/STK694415

Or pre-order here: http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Chan-Pantheon-Graphic-Novels/dp/1101870699

Those in Singapore or Malaysia, pop over to a bookstore or order online at:

http://shop.epigrambooks.sg/products/charlie-chan-hock-chye

(special cover edition: http://shop.epigrambooks.sg/collections/graphic-novels/products/charlie-chan-special-cover )

 

Chatties

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An interview with Paul Gravett (Comics Art, 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die, Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know) on the upcoming Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, out in Singapore and Malaysia from Epigram Books this month, and elsewhere from Pantheon Books in 2016.

http://www.paulgravett.com/articles/article/sonny_liew

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There’ll be a book launch at Kinokuniya KLCC (with Umpagan) on:

Kinokuniya KLCC, May 2, 2015, 2-3pm

and one at Kinokuniya Singapore on May 30, do drop by if you have the time 🙂

Here are some blurbs for the book meanwhile!

“A joy to read. Sonny Liew masterfully weaves the history of Singapore with the history of comics into something you’ve never experienced before.”    – Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints)

“Equally uncompromising in its political critique and its artistic vision…. leaving you with the sense of having been in the company of an exceptional talent.” – Cherian George (Singapore: The Air-conditioned Nation. Essays on the Politics of Comfort and Control, Freedom From the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore)

“Unique and unprecedented… a masterpiece… This book is a joyous, beautiful, million-faceted thing – a celebration of the comic book medium, a technical masterclass, a thrill ride, a Bildungsroman and an unflinching retrospective of the post-war-into-modern era. I love it, and I’m in awe of it.” – Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten)

“Prepare to be swept away by a history of Singapore as you’ve never seen before. Sonny Liew delivers a brilliant and fiercely perceptive appraisal of this remarkable island state. ”– Paul Gravett (Comics Art, 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die)

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a brilliant, innovative work that should be read and savoured by everyone who’s interested in Singapore. [A] beautiful, moving elegy… an introspection – tender, arresting, witty in equal measure – on the very meaning of life, progress and happiness…. In a year when Singaporeans will be treated to a relentless barrage of triumphalism, this may well be the most delightful, thought-provoking meditation on the country.” – Sudhir T Vadaketh (Floating on a Malayan Breeze, Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus)